For the second consecutive night, the Garden City Wind’s first franchise win slipped away in the ninth inning. On Wednesday at Clint Lightner Stadium, the Wind fell to Trinidad, Colo., 13-10, in 10 innings.
The Wind entered the ninth with a 6-4 lead, before allowing the Triggers to score four runs to take an 8-6 lead. Garden City answered with a pair in the bottom half of the inning, but that just extended the inevitable as the Triggers exploded for five runs in the 10th to seal the win.
The result was eerily similar to Tuesday’s season opening loss for the Wind, who held a one-run lead in the ninth before allowing the Triggers to score a pair to steal that win, as well.
On Wednesday, the Triggers jumped out to a 4-2 lead, before the Wind tied it on Ariel Adut’s two-run single in the fourth, and then took the 6-4 lead in the seventh on Larry Rodriguez’s two-run double.
Jacob Gonzalez took the loss for the Wind, allowing five runs on five hits across three innings of relief. He also struck out seven.
Jeffery Neptune earned his second consecutive win for the Triggers out of the bullpen, despite giving up four runs on three hits in two innings Wednesday.
Former Garden City Community College player Shea Bell was 1 for 5, with a run scored.
The Wind (0-2) and the Triggers (2-0) complete the three-game series in Garden City at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, before the two teams meet back up for another three games in Trinidad, Colo., beginning Friday.
Trinidad 310 000 004 5 — 13 21 3
Garden City 200 200 202 2 — 10 11 0
Mann, Dragone(6), Mauldin(7), Neptune(9) and Rich. McCormick, Rosebeck(5), Gonzalez(7), Blinderman(10), Hudson(10) and Ramos. W—Neptune. L—Gonzalez.